Can ChatGPT assistance prepare a holiday? Here’s what it can and can’t do

Can ChatGPT plan a beach trip? Here's what CNBC's travel editor found out

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Some individuals like travel preparation.

But I am not one of those individuals.

So the concept that expert system chatbots, such as ChatGPT and Bing, can investigate travel locations and produce travel plans is appealing.

But I’m doubtful too.

Do suggestions simply scratch the surface area– for instance, recommending that I see the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Or can they suggest lesser-known dining establishments and manage particular hotel demands too?

The response is: yes and no– a minimum of for ChatGPT.

Unfortunately, I could not evaluateBing When I attempted to access it, I was placed on a waiting list. The site stated I might “get ahead in the line” if I set Microsoft defaults on my computer system and scanned a QR code to set up the Bing app. I did both. I’m still waiting.

ChatGPT was much easier. I went to the designer’s site, clicked the word “ChatGPT,” signed up for an account– and began talking.

‘Can you assist me prepare a beach journey?’

“Of course!” responded ChatGPT. But initially, I required to inform it about my interests, budget plan and for how long I prepared to be away.

I’m searching for a week-long beach journey in mid-March to hang around with my household, without any set budget plan, I typed.

“Sounds like a wonderful idea!” it responded, prior to advising Hawaii, the Caribbean– particularly the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic– Florida and Costa Rica, in addition to information about the weather condition and popular tourist attractions for each.

Nice But I reside in Singapore, I stated.

“I see!” it exclaimed. (ChatGPT enjoys exclamation points.) In that case, Bali, Indonesia; Langkawi, Malaysia; and Phuket and Krabi in Thailand were much better options.

One more thing– I desire terrific food too, I typed.

In that case, it stated, the much better bets are:

  • Penang, Malaysia– for char kway teow, nasi lemak and laksa
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam– for pho, banh mi and bun cha
  • Osaka, Japan– for takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushikatsu
  • Bangkok, Thailand– for pad Thai, green curry and mango sticky rice

Not bad. But I have another ask: I wish to prevent crowds.

In that case, I might wish to think about:

  • Langkawi– “a stunning island off the west coast of Malaysia … [with] lots of remote areas”
  • Krabi– “not as busy as other destinations in Thailand such as Phuket or Koh Samui”
  • Bali– “beaches in the north of Bali, such as Lovina Beach, tend to be less crowded”

All real.

But what about a treehouse in Bali– is that possible?

“Yes! ….  Here are a few options,” it stated:

  1. The Hideout Bali
  2. Bambu Indah
  3. Sandat Glamping Tents
  4. Free Spirit Spheres

Which one has the very best online evaluations?

“All of the places I recommended have great online reviews,” ChatGPT responded, offering rankings from Tripadvisor,Booking com and Google for each hotel.

Yet, the evaluations fizzled in numerous circumstances.

For example, it stated Sandat Glamping Tents had a 4.9/ 5 score on Google (real: 4.5/ 5) and “over 400 excellent reviews” on Tripadvisor (real: 277 evaluations).

But maybe the most significant mistake: Free Spirit Spheres is really in Canada, which the bot acknowledged when pushed.

ChatGPT is absolutely nothing if not regretful.

Cost approximates for each hotel were more precise. But ChatGPT could not reveal photos of the hotels or assist schedule them– although it did supply sufficient directions on how to do both.

By roadway or by rail?

For a trip throughout the United States, ChatGPT advised Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and the Great River Road, the latter of which traces the Mississippi River through 10 states.

What about train journeys in Europe? “Certainly!” it stated, advising:

  1. The Orient Express– from Paris to Istanbul
  2. The Glacier Express– fromSt Moritz to Zermatt, Switzerland
  3. The Bernina Express– from Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy
  4. The Golden Pass Line– from Lucerne to Montreux, Switzerland
  5. The Trans-Siberian Railway– “one of the world’s most famous train journeys” from Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia

One problem: The “Orient Express” is no longer in service. Does ChapGPT understand this?

It does, however it appears to puzzle every departure of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express– which utilizes brought back carriages from the initial train service– with the once-annual Paris to Istanbul path, which will run in August this year, and has actually currently offered out.


ChatGPT can call airline companies that link cities, however it can’t offer existing flight info or assistance book flights.

It wasn’t able to inform me the least expensive fare– or any fare– from London to New York this spring since it does not “have access to real-time pricing information,” it stated.

In reality, ChatGPT information ends at September 2021; it does not “know” anything that’s taken place because.

However, the bot might address which month the London- to-New York path is normally the least expensive, which it stated is “January and February, or during the shoulder season months of March and November.”

As for the very best airline company worldwide, it stated: “As an AI language model, I cannot have personal preferences or opinions.” But it went on to call the leading 5 airline companies called to Skytrax’s “World’s Top 100 Airlines” in 2021.

The list wasn’t fix.

The list supplied by ChatGPT seems Skytrax’s airline company ranking from 2019 rather.

“Where should I eat?”

Asking ChatGPT “Where should I eat?” and “What are the best restaurants?” in an offered city produces 2 various lists– one with more popular locations to consume, and the other with those that have more market awards.

For example, here is how it addressed those 2 concerns for Singapore:

Where should I consume?

  1. Hawker centers
  2. Din Tai Fung
  3. Jumbo Seafood
  4. Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & & Noodle
  5. Odette
  6. Tim Ho Wan

What are the very best dining establishments?

  1. Burnt Ends
  2. Candlenut
  3. Corner House
  4. Hawker Chan
  5. Jaan
  6. Restaurant Andre

That’s a good however outdated list. Restaurant Andre, which was considered among the city’s finest in the 2010 s, completely closed in February 2018.

Every city I asked ChatGPT about led to the bot applauding the regional food scene. New York City is a “food lover’s paradise,” Florence is “known for its delicious food” and Melbourne is “renowned for its coffee culture.”

ChatGPT is incredibly cheerful, however do all cities get this treatment? To test this, I requested food suggestions in Galveston,Texas This time, ChatGPT simply supplied the list.

And if you’re questioning the very best coffee in Melbourne, ChatGPT states it’s at Proud Mary– a coffee bar that tops lots of “best of” notes today.

Specific concerns

I had a lot more concerns for ChatGPT, such as:

“How should I spend five days in South Africa?”
“Which chateaux accept visitors in Bordeaux?”
“If I only have one day in London, what should I do?”
“Which rides have the longest lines at Disney World?”

But prior to I could, my screen stated “Access denied” along with an “error code 1020” message.

This mistake might be brought on by overloaded servers or by surpassing the everyday limitation, according to the tech site StealthOptional Either method, all of my previous chats were unattainable, a substantial unfavorable for tourists in the middle of the preparation procedure.

A brand-new window didn’t repair the issue, however opening one in “incognito mode” did. Once in, I clicked “Upgrade to Plus,” which revealed that the complimentary strategy is readily available when need is low, however for $20 monthly, the “Plus plan” admits to ChatGPT all the time, much faster reactions and concern to utilize brand-new functions.

With gain access to once again, I rapidly inquired about wait times on Disney World flights, a topic which I had actually talked to high-end travel consultant Jonathan Alder of Jonathan’s Travels about recently. Alder lives near the park and has actually lost count of the number of times he’s gone to, he stated. Yet, just one of their responses– Epcot’s “Frozen Ever After”– overlapped.

ChatGPT pointed out that QuickPass and Genie+ can minimize wait times at Disney World, which is partially best. The business phased out its “skip the line” virtual line QuickPass program when it presented Genie+ in the fall of 2021.

The takeaway

ChatGPT is quickly, chatty and seems like you’re engaging with a human. I discovered myself reacting with unneeded pleasantries– “Ok, sure” and “Thank you”– out of routine.

I might see how it might conserve tourists’ time, specifically if they are searching for a summary or are at the early phases of preparation.

But info will require to be existing, obviously– and bugs and mistake messages, which I dealt with numerous times in addition to the “1020” message pointed out above– will require to be repaired.

OpenAI mentions that the existing ChatGPT variation “is a free research preview.” It likewise states the system might “occasionally generate incorrect or misleading information” which it’s “not intended to give advice.”

When I asked it about its travel preparing capabilities, it stated it “can assist with many aspects of travel planning” however that it might not have the ability to “provide personalized advice based on your unique circumstances.”

My decision: Travel representatives’ tasks are safe for the time being.